Source: Kristen Cederlind
In the safety and regulatory worlds of both healthcare and employee management, root cause analysis is a key concept for workplace injury prevention. It can help facilities truly solve problems leading to incidents and near misses. Agencies, such as OSHA, urge facilities to conduct root cause analyses in order to implement fixes to prevent incident recurrence.
“A root cause analysis allows an employer to discover the underlying or systemic, rather than the generalized or immediate, causes of an incident. Correcting only an immediate cause may eliminate a symptom of a problem but not the problem itself.” (OSHA Fact Sheet: The Importance of Root Cause Analysis During Incident Investigation)
As healthcare professionals, we can examine this concept in relation to musculoskeletal symptoms occurring in the workplace.
Chances are, you have heard this definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Without striving to get to the root of musculoskeletal issues, this definition may apply.
To learn more about this important topic, check out OSHA’s The Importance of Root Cause Analysis During Incident Investigation. WorkWell’s online Manufacturing Ergonomics course can help give you a systematic approach to ergonomics analysis. Contact us today to learn more.